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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

 Food Security Bill - beyond hunger to nutrition.

- Dr. Jayakumar Christian, CEO - World Vision India

 After years of politicking the Indian Parliament took a small but important step.  The Food Security Bill will truly be considered an important milestone in the world’s fight against hunger. To Legislate Food as a Right for every citizen in a country is a bold step for our nation. With 81 crore people expected to benefit from the biggest program in the world to fight hunger, we hope no child will ever go to bed hungry anymore.

There were two observations on the passage of the bill.  First the number of MPs who were there when the Parliament was considering the bill – just a little more than 300 of the 500 plus MPs.  Could this be reflective of the lack of political will of our Parliament?  Could this be a forerunner of the state of its implementation; hope not. Second the fuss made over the cost of the bill.  We middle and rich class get all kinds of subsidy from electricity to other favours.  Why this fuss about the crumbs from the table for the poor.  Is this part of the ideology of our rulers who seek to keep the poor, poor? One wonders.

Read More>>http://wvindia.blogspot.in/2013/08/food-security-bill-beyond-hunger-to.html 


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